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if a cop stopped you, would you try this?(21 posts)

if a cop stopped you, would you try this?ET
Jul 6, 2001 6:09 AM
Had a good laugh at the article in the link below from the May 19 Independent, a British newspaper:
re: if a cop stopped you, would you try this?PsyDoc
Jul 6, 2001 6:32 AM
I doubt I would try this as there is probably more to lose than to gain in such situations. But, perhaps the reason I would not try this is that I live in South Georgia and there are only a handful of road cyclists, which would make later identification much easier for the officer.
Yes, although its a bit different in Londonzelig1
Jul 6, 2001 6:41 AM
Same thing happened to me at Parliament Square. I was on Whitehall Street and lots of people turn left for Westminster Bridge. There's easily 25' from the white line to the intersection and since I'm not turning, I move into the area. Suddenly I hear this "hoy" from the Bobby who starts giving me an earful. Off I go knowing full well in London traffic that there's not a chance he'll ever catch me even if he had a car. You'd think they'd spend a little more time on the motorcyclists and scooters passing on the inside, and running the bike riders off the road but there again, they don't stop either.
Fat copsjbrown2036
Jul 6, 2001 8:30 AM
I'd love to try it, but unlike England our fat cops have guns and really bad tempers. If it was a premeditated action you could always pelt them with donuts:)
yeah, yet another Rodny King casecyclopathic
Jul 6, 2001 8:39 AM
they'll catch you,
they'll beat you,
then they'd testify you were on angel dust and were imposing threat to bystanders
Hey, I live in Cincinnati...PaulCL
Jul 6, 2001 8:50 AM
...and the police will just pull out a gun and shoot you. Run from the police in downtown - get shot. Simple.
I thought the bobbies got re-armed?kenyee
Jul 6, 2001 12:56 PM
in merry old england after they figured out that threatening a bad guy carrying a knife/gun with a small nightstick was almost as amusing to the bad guy as chasing a biker through crowded streets in a patrol car ;-)
Fat, wheezy, silly Dibble - don't even get me started....(nm)muncher
Jul 6, 2001 9:17 AM
OK, I'll start: hugh, pugh, barney macgoo, cuthbert...erm... andJofa
Jul 7, 2001 3:51 PM

It just occurred to me: has anybody ever written those names down? I've no idea how they're spelt, just a vague idea how they're said...
sob...500+ clicks and...ET
Jul 6, 2001 1:18 PM
not one person welcomed me back after a long hiatus. :-) Hey, it's still good to be back.
I was gonna...Kristin
Jul 6, 2001 1:52 PM
...say welcome back. But, being your favorite person on the board and all, I wasn't sure how it would go over. I was wondering where you went off to. I hope your hiatus was a positive one!
this isn't rightDog
Jul 6, 2001 3:39 PM
No matter the reason for the stop, no one is justified in running from the cops. People get seriously hurt in chases, and foreseeable so even in a car/bike chase. Don't think the perpetrator is entitled to be proud or smug about what he did.

this isn't rightmike mcmahon
Jul 6, 2001 4:02 PM
I'm with you on this one. This guy was obviously not happy about what he perceived as an overzealous copy. After his escapade, he wrote an article about it. If he is really concerned about police abuse, perhaps he should have taken his citation and written an article about his mistreatment at the hands of local law enforcement. I personally have been the target of one or two overzealous cops, but I never even thought about running from them. Even disregarding any danger of harm this guy may have presented to himself or others, he probably would have faced some pretty serious criminal charges if he had been caught. This seems like a pretty irresponsible thing to do, especially for someone with a son at home.
It's a cultural thingzelig
Jul 6, 2001 4:03 PM
They say that the American's and the British are two people separated by a common language. It's true. I've been here for about two and one-half years and the language, and culture are indeed different and I do enjoy living in the UK. The article which began this thread relates to a situation in London. If one were to compare London and any other US city of comparable population, and then look at the number of police/constables walking the streets, there is no comparison. The UK remains a culture, albeit declining in this respect, in that is self-policing. As a result, the police do not carry firearms, are not seen with any degree of frequency, are not as frequently menaced by people who would take their lives, and as a result oftentimes get involved in issues which in the States would not be viewed as significant. I appreciate your response but with all due respect, it does not apply in the UK. Now in Germany or any of the Scandanavian, I would stop as they would only have a problem if there was a real issue. In Italy, they wouldn't bother me never mind the fact that they're too busy talking into their personal mobiles phones and having a fag. In France, it would depend on if you were in Paris, the West or the South. In short, you respond to the situation as the culture requires. And yes, I would stop in the US.
Oh, a cultural thingDog
Jul 6, 2001 4:11 PM
Ok, if it's commonplace to run from *constables* in the U.K., and it's not a crime, and won't endanger anyone, then I can understand.

I appreciate your pointzelig
Jul 5, 2001 5:47 PM
but I'm afraid we're losing the plot and perhaps I didn't clearly articulate my point. So, if you're ever in London and there are scads of lawyer association meeting in town, let me know and I'll take you around the town, bikes would be the best way, and then you'll see what the writer of the article is referencing in addition to the sights. Dinner's on me as well as pints at the pub. This is a no BS offer.

Would love toDog
Jul 7, 2001 11:19 AM
Sounds good. From reading my Cycle+ magazine, though, it appears I'll not be welcomed unless on a fully fendered Thorn expedition bike. :-)

once again...4bykn
Jul 6, 2001 4:04 PM
...Doug speaks up with the voice of wisdom. I couldn't agree more!
oh, stuff your head in a toilet, you establishment twit! (nm)D_Alex
Jul 11, 2001 12:46 PM
Different cop story.Elefantino
Jul 6, 2001 5:46 PM
I once had a Sonoma County Sheriff pull me over on a long, gradual downhill headed out toward Bodega Bay. Speed limit was 45; he said he radared me at 54. He had his ticket book out and everything, until he broke out in a big smile and said he, too, was a roadie and we started talking shop.
It was only after he drove off that I realized I should have demanded a ticket — so you would all believe that I went 54!!!
Your PERFECT defense!!!!coonass
Jul 6, 2001 6:10 PM
If he were to have overtaken you, just tell him that your wife had run away with a policeman, and you thought that he was that policeman and was trying to give her back to you...
(sorry ladies, no offense)